Scoop had the opportunity to interview LGBT activist, father, actor and columnist, Charlie Condou! We read and learned about Activism with our last issue and are excited to share his interview with questions about Activism as well as The Summer Reading Challenge. Charlie Condou is an ambassador for The Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge 2020 that is going on now with an online virtual celebration.

The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children to read during the long summer holiday with research showing that children’s reading can “dip” severely during the summer if they do not have regular access to books. With school life disrupted and many children missing the company of their friends, this year’s Summer Reading Challenge is all more vital as a way of helping parents and carers find fun, family-friendly activitiesmaintain literacy levels and create a safe space for children to connect with their peers.

This year’s theme also continues to offer families a chance to have fun and just “GET SILLY!”, with children being encouraged to read anything that makes them happy – whether it be a comic, joke book, poetry, fiction or non-fiction, in digital or print format, from e-book lending through the public library service or from what they already have at home, with the Summer Reading Challenge official book collection as a guide.

Even though the Summer Reading Challenge has started already, it will be running until September 2020, so you still have time to sign up and have great fun throughout the summer!

To sign up for the challenge go to